Josephine Thomas Burchfiel

Dec. 06, 2012 @ 10:38 AM

Josephine Thomas Burchfiel, 96 of Sevierville, died peacefully like she lived, Tuesday, December 4, 2012. She was a direct descendant of Isaac Thomas, Sevier County’s first white settler. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Landis Burchfiel; infant daughter, Julia Josephine; parents, M.P. and Emily Thomas; brother, M.P. “Jake” Thomas, III; and sister, Christine Thomas Jones.

Josephine was a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in Home Economics and a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. Norman and Josephine were childhood sweethearts, but did not marry until she graduated from UT, at which time they moved to the farm on Middle Creek Road, where they resided together for 58 years. They loved to travel and spent their summers on the river in Pittman Center. Josephine never worked outside of her home and devoted her entire life to her family and church. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, a long time member of the Manthano Club and the Emily Thomas Circle.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to First United Methodist Church, 214 Cedar Street, Sevierville, TN 37862. Memorials may also be made to a charity or organization of your choice.

She is survived by her daughter, Emily Burchfiel Kile; granddaughters, Jaclyn Diane Kile, Julia Paige Kile Clinton and husband Howard C. Clinton; great-granddaughter, Landis Catherine Clinton; nieces, Cynthia Jones Thompson, Cheryl Jones Dickert, Jean Ann Burchfield and Noranna Burridge Warner; nephew, Charles C. Burridge; extended family, Anita K. Ogle and Diana Wynn Long; loving caregivers were Annette Lane, Helen Greenlee, Georgia Tellef and Vicky Whitchurch. Our most sincere gratitude to the staff of Sevier County Health Care Center.

Family and friends will meet in the Great Hall of First United Methodist Church, Sevierville at 4 p.m. Saturday with a memorial service to follow at 5 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Rev. Bruce Adams, Rev. Bobby Ely and Rev. Ted Baker will officiate. A private interment will be held. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.